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Kohli paid due respect to Pakistan labeling them as a talented team but was quick to add that his team was thinking about its own game and plans than anything else.
One thing synonymous with every India-Pakistan cricket match is the emotions attached to it.
The big blow, however, has been the loss of opener Shikhar Dhawan but all the other cogs of the Indian wheel seem to be in place, with the bowling living up to its reputation as the most balanced in the tournament. The Green Shirts who have never beaten India at the World Cup, come into this match requiring a win as they are No.8 on the points table after four matches. But they will aim to replicate their win over India in the Champions Trophy final in England two years ago. Of the five times the two teams have met in ICC events in England, India has won thrice. "We are well prepared for this match because India and Pakistan matches are exciting and demanding and the whole world watches it", Babar said.
It is a contest which India have historically dominated with the Men in Blue emerging triumphant in all six previous World Cup encounters. If the failure to cover grounds effectively to beat the rain wasn't enough, it has now been learnt that the Indian players have been asked to workout in private gyms as the ones in the team hotels aren't adequate.
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Still, earlier this year, tensions between the two countries soared and some fans and ex-players called for India to boycott the match at Old Trafford. Misbah-ul-Haq held the fort for Pakistan, but he was not able to take the team over the line and the match ended in a draw. India's win percentage (71) in ODI cricket is way better than Pakistan's (39). Sidhu and Sachin Tendulkar put an opening partnership of 90 runs that set India to manage a good first innings total.
"So it's not going to last a lifetime for you, whether you do well or you don't", the captained reasoned with a blank expression.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would be aiming to break the jinx and secure their first World Cup victory against India. It's the biggest rivalry in cricket, it's the game where there's no end to the hype, especially given it's also the World Cup.
"I think the best way to approach something like this, if one focuses too much on what's going on the outside, it's to understand that the game starts tomorrow at a certain time and it finishes at a certain time, so it's not going to last a lifetime for you, whether you do well or you don't. The team is mentally ready to take on India on Sunday", Azam was quoted as saying by Geo.tv.
"Our kind of mantra is 'how do you want to be remembered?' We've got 15 incredible cricketers in that dressing room, and we keep stressing to them, how do you want to be remembered?"